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Dr. James M. Dorsey, a non-resident Senior Associate at the BESA Center, is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture.

ARTICLES BY: James M. Dorsey

February 25, 2021 12:55 pm

Saudi Censorship Focuses on Internal vs. External Issues

The contours of public engagement in Saudi Arabia are evident in the contrast between passionate debates over issues such as a proposal to remove the sword...

January 24, 2021 7:58 am

Saudi Arabia Is Sending Joe Biden Mixed Messages

Saudi Arabia seems to be betting that President Joe Biden will be sufficiently cautious to avoid a rupture in relations with the kingdom, despite criticism...

January 3, 2021 6:43 am

Pakistan Struggles to Regain Its Footing in a Changing Muslim World

Increasing strains between Pakistan and its traditional Arab allies, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are about more than the Gulf States’ opportunistic targeting of India’s...

November 30, 2020 7:24 am

Conflict in Ethiopia Extends Greater Middle East’s Arc of Crisis

Fighting between the government of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Tigrayan nationalists in northern Ethiopia could extend an evolving arc of...

November 24, 2020 6:27 am

The Qatar World Cup: Dreaming of Bridging the Gulf Rift

The idea of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar mending fences in the Gulf is grounded in the longstanding illusion that soccer can drive events...

November 10, 2020 7:17 am

Saudi Chairmanship of G20 Proves a Mixed Blessing

Lockdowns and other public health safety measures, coupled with the evisceration of air travel, meant that numerous preparatory meetings and brainstorming sessions for the Saudi-chaired...

September 29, 2020 4:56 am

China Could Signal Increased Engagement with Iran — But It Hasn’t

There are two ways that Beijing could signal its interest in moving ahead with a proposed $400 billion economic and military cooperation agreement with Iran:...

September 10, 2020 5:30 am

The Pakistan-Saudi Spat: Hitting the Kingdom Where It Hurts

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureishi has stirred a regional hornet’s nest by challenging Saudi leadership of the Muslim world. Complaining about lack of support...

September 7, 2020 6:14 am

Rejiggering Gulf Security: China’s Game of Shadow Boxing

China and its Gulf partners appear to be engaged in a game of shadow boxing. At stake is the future of Gulf security and the...

September 2, 2020 6:41 am

Indonesia and the Battle for the Soul of Islam

In Indonesia, Java’s mosque landscape resembles a map dotted with flags marking outposts of warring parties. Mosques with three-tiered tiled roofs reflect traditional Javanese cultural...

August 23, 2020 4:45 am

In the Wake of the Israel-UAE Deal, What Happens to the Arab and Muslim World?

The UAE-Israel agreement weakens the Palestinians’ efforts to create a state of their own, but their criticism of the UAE’s move to become the third...

July 23, 2020 3:27 am

The China-Iran Deal: A Trial Balloon With a Clear Message for the West

A proposed 25-year humongous China-Iran cooperation deal has proven to be good business. Reams of articles, analyses, and commentary by pundits are ensuring that the...

July 20, 2020 7:42 am

China Stakes Its Flag in Syria, and Expands Its Influence in the Region

On the eve of the Syrian civil war, Muhammad Jarah and Ahmad Bustati’s warehouse in Damascus symbolized China’s emergence as Syria’s largest supplier of industrial...

July 15, 2020 5:04 am

The UAE Ramps Up Attacks on Turkey and Qatar

Europe’s headaches just got worse. Its efforts to contain wars on its doorstep in Libya and Syria have failed at a moment when Europe is...


‘Unorthodox’ Star Shira Haas Shares Throwback Purim Photo From Childhood

Israeli actress Shira Haas shared with her Instagram followers on Thursday a photo...

Genesis Prize Foundation to Honor Life and Legacy of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks - The Genesis Prize Foundation announced plans to honor the late prominent...


Israeli Locust Slayers Train Ethiopians to Save Crops - Some call it a plague. Yoav Motro calls it a war. The enemies are the huge armies of desert...

An Israeli Soldier Gives His All for Lonely Senior Citizens - “Between 11th and 12th grade, after a tough fencing session, I saw a television report about all these...

Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...


Tulsa Police Search for Two Suspects for Vandalism of Holocaust Memorial St...

Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma are searching for two suspects who destroyed statues dedicated to child victims of the Holocaust at...


Israel Halts Transfer of Vaccines to Other Nations

i24 News – Israel will halt all transfer of coronavirus vaccines to foreign states with immediate effect, health officials said on Thursday. The announcement follows a statement by Defense Minister and...

Middle East

Israel, Bahrain Leaders Discuss Iran, Possible Vaccine Plant

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain's Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Thursday discussed Iran and the possible involvement of the Gulf state in establishing a vaccine...

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